The Dordogne, and the Perigord noir, is one of the most beautiful regions of France. There is so much to see and do, from medieval towns and castles to the prehistoric settlements in the Vallée de l'homme. In Périgueux, Bergerac and Bordeaux there are plenty of shopping opportunities; and if, on the other hand, you are looking for peace and tranquillity, there are countless villages that are incredibly pretty and charming. In the summer months, life is outdoors, so picnics by the river are very popular, and canoeing on the Dordogne or the Vézère is great fun. There are also theme parks and attractions in the area.
We have put together a small selection below, brochures are available in the house.
IN LE BUGUE
The markets People travel from far away to the markets of Le Bugue. The main market takes place every Tuesday, a smaller market on Saturdays. In 2019 the Le Bugue market celebrated its 700th anniversary. Every Tuesday in July and August there are Les Mardis Gourmands (evening communal meals), where locals meet holidaymakers on the banks of the Vézère to eat and drink at a variety of international stalls. There is a real party atmosphere with live music and dancing into the night...
Food and drink Le Bugue is located in the heart of the Dordogne and Périgord noir, considered by many to be the jewel of French gastronomy. The area is very famous for foie gras, truffles, walnuts, duck, strawberries, cherries, porcini mushrooms and the famous wines from Bergerac and Bordeaux. It also produces numerous cheeses, honey, jams, beers and artisan breads.
Shops In Le Bugue there are many traditional shops next to four large supermarkets, all with ample parking.
Restaurants / Cafés and Bars There are restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets, including traditional French cuisine, as well as crêpes, pizzas, kebabs and sandwiches. Enjoy a delicious coffee or a glass of local wine in one of Le Bugue's cosy bars and cafés, located on the main road.
Aquarium The largest freshwater aquarium in Europe with over 4000 m² of visitor area, 66 tanks, 3 million litres of water and 6000 fish and reptiles. Admire the famous carp, catfish, sturgeon and other species found in the rivers of the Dordogne. Also visit the Alligator Park, 1500 m² of which is dedicated to crocodiles, snakes, spiders and other reptiles.
Big Bird The "Big Bird" is Europe's highest climbing frame with a height of more than 22 metres. There are more than 75 challenges spread over 4 floors.
Labyrinths Prèhistorique Become an explorer and embark on an expedition in search of the last surviving caveman! The Prèhistorique Labyrinth covers more than 1000 m2, and you must solve 25 puzzles and cross 7 different zones, including the famous Mirror Labyrinth.
Le Bournat Le Bournat is a theme park that recreates a typical French village from 1900. Houses and shops are faithfully reproduced, as are the rides of the time. During the day and in the evening there are demonstrations and shows.
Canoeing Spend a few hours or more on a canoe trip on the Vézère or the Dordogne, which takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in France.
IN THE REGION
Roque Gageac (27 km) Quite simply one of the most beautiful villages in France. Nestled at the foot of a cliff on the banks of the Dordogne, this village with its bars, restaurants and shops is an experience in itself.
Sarlat (30 km) Sarlat La Canéda is a medieval town and also the capital of the Perigord noir region. The old town with its labyrinth of picturesque narrow streets and mansions in Gothic and Renaissance style is the perfect place for a stroll. There is a lively market on Saturdays.
Lascaux (32 km) While the internationally famous Lascaux Cave and the paintings are not open to the general public (in order to preserve them), there is a visitor centre since December 2016 with replicas of the caves and paintings in original size, which can be explored by everyone.
Castelnaud (29 km) The Château de Castelnaud was built on a rocky spur in the heart of the Périgord noir. It offers a magnificent panoramic view over the Dordogne valley and beyond. It was built in the 12th century and is a perfect example of a medieval fortress. Today the château houses an important collection of weapons and armour.
Bergerac (41 km) Another beautiful and interesting medieval town in the west of the Dordogne department and on the banks of the Dordogne. Famous for Cyrano de Bergerac and the fantastic Bergerac wine from the local vineyards.
Bordeaux (165 km) Considered by many as one of the most beautiful cities in France, second only to Paris. Bordeaux is world-famous for its architecture, its food and of course its wine. Although it is 165 km from Le Bugue, most of it is easily accessible by car.
Limeuil (5 km) Limeuil is a pretty little village built on a hill at the confluence of the Vézère and Dordogne rivers. With a few bars, restaurants and pretty little shops, it is an ideal place to spend a lazy day. The panoramic garden also invites you to linger.
Périgueux (41 km) It is the capital of the Dordogne region, where most of the region's administration and trade is located. Périgueux is a medieval town with a Roman quarter. If you like out-of-town shopping centres, this is the place for you. If you are looking for "fast food chains", you will find them in Périgueux (the range of restaurants is so varied that the specialities of almost every region of the world can be found).
Cave (3 km) If it does rain (or is too hot), you should go underground to the Gouffre de Proumeyssac. It is a large cave complex with a huge cave, the famous "Cathedral of Crystal" is the centrepiece.
Jacquou Park (9 km) Jacquou Parc near Le Bugue is a charming theme park that is very popular with the French locals. It is a mixture of small theme parks, rides and roller coasters, plus a water park with very impressive water slides. A great full day trip.
Sports activities (within a radius of about 35 km) Possibilities include fishing, golf, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, climbing, mountain biking, hiking, cycling tours and much more.